Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hadi's unamended motion in Parliament order paper

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The original version of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's motion for a Private Member's Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355) is in the Parliament order paper, without any of the amendments made last November.

This is the version with which Hadi sought to remove the punishment cap for syariah offences, except for the death penalty.

According to an excerpt of the order paper sighted by Malaysiakini, the motion is number seven on the list of bills and motions for the Parliament session which begins on Monday.

Hadi had amended the motion in the last session in November last year, to raise the punishment limit to 30 years' jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the cane.

The current syariah punishment cap is three years’ imprisonment, RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the cane.

PAS secretary-general and Kota Bharu MP Takiyuddin Hassan said he had yet to see the order paper himself, but believed there might have been a technical error.

"It should be the amended version in the order paper," Takiyuddin told Malaysiakini.
Hadi's political secretary Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said they are seeking a clarification on the matter.

"We are seeking a response from Dewan Rakyat officers as to why that (motion) is in the order paper," Ahmad Samsuri said when contacted.

Malaysiakini is also seeking a response from Parliament.
Hadi's bill was amended in the last Parliament session, after a joint meeting with BN lawmakers chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
It was read out in its amended form on the last day of Parliament on Nov 24, and Hadi requested that he elaborate on it further in the next session.

Section 15(5) of the House Standing Order allows a motion that has been moved but not disposed of to be carried over to the next Parliament session without having to be retabled.

The government plans to take over the bill once it goes through its second reading.

Additional reporting by Zikri Kamarulzaman

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